10/02/05 8:31 PM ET
Cards can close out Busch with title
No team has won World Series in final year at stadium
By Stephen A. Norris / MLB.com
It would be an achievement that only the Cardinals would be able to lay claim to: Closing out the final season of their stadium with a World Series victory.
"We've got a great ice cream sundae built here, and to top it off with the cherry on top would be a storybook ending," Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris said.
All weekend long, the Cardinals have celebrated the rich history of Busch Stadium and have done so while sweeping Reds. But no matter how many games a team wins in the regular season, the great ones come alive in October. Oh, how great it would be to close out October with a win in the final game at Busch Stadium.
"If you could write a script, that would be the perfect script. But of course, everything has to continue to go right ... Hopefully this is our time," Reggie Sanders said.
Not every Cardinals player agrees that a World Series win to close out Busch Stadium would mean anything more. Some, like closer Jason Isringhausen, could care less what stadium the team is in -- a World Series win is a win.
"I just want to go out and win ballgames," Isringhausen said. "I don't care what stadium it's in."
Cardinals manager Tony La Russa agrees. No matter which stadium the team is playing in, a World Series victory could never be devalued.
"I think winning a World Series anytime, anywhere is about as good as you get, it's 100-percent satisfaction," said La Russa. "So is it 100-and-x percent because it's at Busch?"
Cardinals players are cautious not to get ahead of themselves, but some realize the satisfaction longtime fans would take in winning the World Series at Busch Stadium.
"It's only my second year here, but these fans have been here 30, 40, 50 and some 90 years, so from that perspective it would mean a lot to them," pitcher Jason Marquis said.
Morris has been with the Cardinals longer than any other current player and has grown fond of Busch Stadium over the years. If there is one more sendoff, he would prefer it to be by winning the World Series.
"Hopefully we get a few more celebrations," Morris said. "Three more, to top it all off, and then Busch Stadium can rest."
Stephen A. Norris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.